Interview with Tylor Field, III, VP/Wine and Spirits, Morton's Restaurant Group
We recently spoke with Tylor Field, III, divisional VP/Wine and Spirits for Morton’s The Steakhouse/ Oceanaire Seafood Room about wine education, trends and Riojas at Morton’s.
Q. Why do you think Rioja wines have such appeal?
A. Rioja is an Old World name but has marketed itself to the New World in the right way. There are old-school Tempranillos as well as new and exciting flavors coming from the region. The prices have also remained reasonable versus their other European neighbors. It may sound weird but the fact that in Rioja the ageing of great Rioja wine is mandated for longer periods due to law it is also a way for our guests to explore older wines. Most of the world now drinks wine the day it comes out. Being able to try a Gran Reserva with 5-8 years of bottle age for the same price is extremely appealing to our guests.
Q. Are there any new drink/wine trends you are seeing amongst your guests?
A. The biggest varietal trend in the last few years, has been the emergence of Malbec, Moscato, Prosecco and Tempranillo as go-to wines for our guests. These wines where driven by the fact that they deliver great flavors at an extremely reasonable price. All the pre-recession wines became unaffordable and these wines filled the spot. Good quality of these four wines can be found in the $10 range and they have become extremely popular with our guests.
Q. Have you been to Spain or Rioja? Any fond memories you can share?
A. I have been to Spain and visited Rioja as well as the Ribero del Duero. The wines were amazing, but my fondest memory was being in Barcelona the day that Spain won the World Cup. They had to shut the city down and it was just a giant party. The food in the Mercado’s was also not to be believed. I am a Jamon freak now.
Q. If you were not in the restaurant and wine business, what would you be doing?
A. Singing for my supper. I love to play music and entertain. My college degree is in the Fine Arts.
Q. Away from work: When you have a chance to relax and get away. What are you doing? And what are you drinking?
A. My family is the center of my universe so we would be relaxing on a beach somewhere playing cribbage and dinking….a good beer. It’s weird, but I taste so much wine as part of my normal life, when I am relaxing it’s usually beer.